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Romeo and Juliet - There was nothing any of the characters could have done to avoid their deaths. They were preordained by fate. Discuss

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There was nothing any of the characters could have done to avoid their deaths. They were preordained by fate. Discuss In Romeo and Juliet it is clear that fate plays a large part. There are many references in the play that refer to bad luck or misfortune, but it is argued that the deaths of Romeo and Juliet are equally the fault of human error. The characters each have weaknesses that could be to blame like anger, ambition or ill judgement. Also some characters had premonitions or bad feelings that something bad would happen but they never did anything to stop this. Because of the time this play was written, people would have strongly believed in bad luck and fate, but the characters were equally to blame. It was just a question of which one is to blame the most for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. First of all, Romeo could be most to blame for the deaths of himself and Juliet, he asked Juliet to marry him when he hardly knew her. Romeo declared his love for her and went to friar Lawrence and asked the friar if he would marry them, Romeo says "Then plainly know my hearts dear love is set, on the fair daughter of rich Capulet, by holy marriage, when, where and how, we met, we woo'd and make exchange of vow." ...read more.

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It wasn't his fault that he got delayed because he was suspected of having the plague. The nurse also plays a big part in this; she always encouraged Juliet in her romantic ideas. For example, she says "marry, I will, and this is wisely done." She passed messages from Juliet to Romeo and helped them to get married. When she finds Romeo to give him the ring she says "Here sir, a ring she bid to give you, sir: Hie you, make haste, for it grows very late." She, like Juliet deceived lord and lady Capulet. The nurse should have told them what was happening and shouldn't have got involved in it. The Prince didn't play a large part in the story but could be one of the characters most to blame; he should have stopped the feud between the families and shouldn't of punished Romeo for killing Tybalt when it was Tybalts fault. He was told by Benvolio before he punished Romeo that Romeo was just trying to stop the fight, but, he punished Romeo, he said "And for that offence, immediately we do exile him hence" and banished him from Verona, which stopped him from seeing Juliet. The Prince wasn't really to blame though, he was doing what he thought was best, the families would have kept brawling but because of their deaths the families made peace with each other. ...read more.

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Also, when he finds Romeo dead, he says, " a greater power has intervened." Friar Lawrence also refers to fate as well; he warned Romeo "violent delights have violent ends." The prince as well used similar language to the friar; he says, "See what scourge is laid upon thy hate/ that heaven finds means to kill your joys with love!" The friar shouldn't of always put his trust in the heavens, he should of decided that what he was doing was right or wrong, and if the friar believed in this power he has, then why when he had bad feelings about things saying that "violent delights have violent ends" did he still go on with it and help Romeo and Juliet to get married. Overall, fate and the characters are equally to blame for what has happened. None of the characters wanted it to happen though, they were just trying to do what they thought was right. Maybe fate was meant to happen, and it was meant to result in death. When Romeo and Juliet died, the families made peace with each other, so maybe it was for the best what happened. The characters who were probably most to blame for their deaths were the montagues and the capulets, they started it all with the feud, if they had made peace with each other when Romeo and Juliet were still alive then everybody would be living happily. ...read more.

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